“Where do you get your inspiration?!?”
If I had a penny for every time I was asked this, I would be a billionaire – no joke.
You don’t ‘get’ inspiration, Elizabeth Gilbert puts it in the best way EVER!
We are bombarded by ideas every day (consider the amount of adverts we see each day – all trying to implant ideas into our mind). How do we feed our inspiration, gather and tap into it?
Let’s start with the big question; what is inspiration?
Nothing complex – it’s an idea that leads to mental stimulation. Simples.
There is no mention of perfection, the one GENIUS idea that will allow you to create a Van Gogh. You don’t need to choose just one idea. Inspiration is simply a curated collection of ideas and connecting those ideas leads to inspiration. (FYI – Pinterest is great for this!)
So how do we use these ideas for creative success? 3 simple steps that will
Feed your inspiration
You need to learn what products do, what brush strokes give a specific effect.
Open your eyes
Everything you look at, everything you see. Take photos, my camera roll is a random collection of stuff from walking about alongside everyday life.
Love the colour of those holly berries? Take a photo! See that sheep? How awesome would it be in felt? Jeans don’t fit? Great, I can make a bag (or canvas) and I’ve a zip… that can go on a large embroidery!
It really is that simple. And it gets better – the well of inspiration is not only infinite, the more you use it, the more you have!